Communiqué

In the light of the recent events in the country, the Martin Luther King Institute of the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua - UPOLI -  is addressing the government and the Nicaraguan society to make public its position as an academic institution committed to promoting a culture of peace in Nicaragua and the world:

  1. Good governance is achieved within the framework of a constitutional state under the rule of law and the use of democratic instruments, consensus and agreement in decisions affecting the interests of different social groups.
  1. The coercion and non-recognition of the fundamental rights and values ​​which are under the protection of the law and which are the foundation of democratic life threatens peaceful coexistence and creates spirals of violence like the one we are currently experiencing.
  1. Dialogue is the fundamental instrument for achieving peace, provided that this dialogue leads to recognition of the Other, with their differences and recognition of the legitimacy of their interests. The dialogue must try to overcome the conflict in a sustainable way and lead to reconciliation, as well as to regain the unity that has been lost.
  1. The youth movement has a deeply ethical and moral character, as it is based on respect for the law and aims at overcoming injustice against the poorest strata of our country.
  1. The fundamental method of the struggle of the youth movement was nonviolence, but the actions of the police forces and the civilian forces accompanying them have escalated the conflict to a level of violence that has got out of control.
  1. Our youth today, as well as in other moments of our national history, embody the highest moral foundations of society by advocating for the protection and defense of the environment and the interests of the poorest sections of the country.
  1. Regarding the government's in principle meaningful announcement that it is about to restart a trilateral dialogue with employers and workers, we believe that such a dialogue must be conducted at national level, with a broader agenda and a wider spectrum of interlocutors, among which the youth should have the first priority . The document of the Nicaraguan bishops of 2014 can be used as a starting point for this.
  1. A sincere desire of the government for dialogue must include overcoming all forms of censorship of communications media, the release of prisoners, the reappearance of disappeared persons and the cessation of all repression.
  1. The culture of peace recognises the existence of conflicts as natural phenomena in any society or human community, but not violence. When conflicts are addressed and overcome through dialogue and creative and peaceful means, the whole society grows and strengthens as it reaches a different and higher level. When violence arises from conflicts, it leads to failure and constant repetition.
  1. We believe that today's intervention by the President of the Republic, Daniel Ortega, is not guided by any deeper awareness of our problems, nor does it contribute to a solution that the country expects and needs. Nevertheless, the readiness he has expressed represents a first step in the search for solutions.
  1. Nicaragua must emerge strengthened from this historic crossroads, dialogue must lead to change and open the doors for lasting peace based on justice, that is, on a culture of peace.

"Martin Luther King" Institute - UPOLI, 21 April 2018.